Correctional Lieutenant
Donald Max Neiswinger Jr.
Indiana Department of Correction
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Age: 50
Served: 15 years
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Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Duty-related illness
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Incident Location:
4490 Reformatory Road, Pendleton
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Incident Township:
Fall Creek
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   Correctional Lieutenant Donald Neiswinger died from complications after contracting coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) during an ongoing global pandemic.

   After becoming infected while on duty at the Pendleton Correctional Facility near Pendleton, he was hospitalized at IU Health Bloomington Hospital where he remained until he passed away.

   Correctional Lieutenant Neiswinger, from Spencer, was assigned to the Reception Diagnostic Center. He also served as a captain with the Owen Valley Fire Territory in Spencer for 22 years.

   He was survived by his wife, Rachel Deniece (née Salyers); son, Kyle; daughters, Natalie Jo (Ethan Rogers) and Lyndsey; and sister, Faye (John) Wrightsman.


Military Service

Indiana Army National Guard

Memorial Tribute

• Correctional Lieutenant Neiswinger is also honored as a fire captain on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Historical Notes

• Correctional Lieutenant Neiswinger is the first of five Indiana line of duty deaths in 2022.
• He is the 17th line of duty death of the Indiana Department of Correction.
• His line of duty death is the 14th that has originated from Madison County.

As of February 1, 2024, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused 1,180,042 deaths in the United States and 26,307 deaths in Indiana. From November 2020 through January 2021, the deadliest wave was responsible for 7,140 deaths with the highest occurring in December 2020 when 3,038 died statewide. The pandemic has caused 874 known law enforcement officer deaths in the United States.
This officer has been approved as an eligible line of duty death by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and will be honored during Police Week 2024.

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